Friday, April 22, 2016

My blog has moved!

Please visit Beautiful Day here:

Be sure to subscribe so you receive Beautiful Day in your inbox every time it is posted!

Thanks for your support! Make it a beautiful day!

Friday, July 10, 2015

"Inside Out"

Too my boys to see the movie "Inside Out" last night. Wow. If you haven't seen it, don't worry I won't spoil it for you.  But bring your kleenex.  I cried like a baby.

It was very sad.

It deals with the emotions of the 11-year old main character Riley.  Her parents have just moved her across the country from Minnesota to San Fransisco because of her father's new job and she's not happy.  She's dealing with all the emotions that go along with that  - Joy, Sadness, Anger, Fear, Disgust - and those all the five characters who live inside her brain that run those emotions for her.

The reviews for the movie are all over the place.  Many people are saying this is the best Pixar movie ever.  Others are saying that it was too sad and deep for a children's movie.  I don't want my blog to turn into a movie review, but I would say it was definately not the best Pixar movie ever made (I would give that to Cars), but I also would not say it was too deep, or too sad for a children's movie. One reviewer said her and her 6 year old had to leave the movie because her daughter was sobbing so bad. I think it's crazy that a 6 year old could understand the depth of the emotions involved in the movie, but perhaps.

I think it was a great showcase of how everyone - especially kids - use all their emotions on a daily basis to make decisions and without all our emotions we cannot grow and we cannot learn from our mistakes.  And sometimes being sad is a good thing.

We left the movie last night talking about our emotions - it's always hard having two boys.  But I made sure they knew it's okay to be sad, angry, disgusted at times, but that your emotions should all work closely together to eventually come to a happy place.

Even if the day starts out crappy, your emotions should help you find a way to know that in the end, it will always be a beautiful day!

Monday, June 8, 2015

Life Lessons

I love these and I pretty much follow them in my life. A woman named Regina Brett wrote down these life lessons the night before her 45th birthday after being diagnosed with breast cancer. It's something we should all follow each and every day. It will make your days that much more beautiful!

  1. Life isn’t fair, but it’s still good.
  2. When in doubt, just take the next small step.
  3. Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.
  4. Don’t take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
  5. Pay off your credit cards every month.
  6. You don’t have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.
  7. Cry with someone. It’s more healing than crying alone.
  8. Save for retirement, starting with your first paycheck.
  9. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
  10. Make peace with your past so it won’t screw up the present.
  11. It’s OK to let your children see you cry.
  12. Don’t compare your life to others’. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
  13. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn’t be in it.
  14. Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
  15. You can get through anything if you stay put in today.
  16. A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.
  17. It’s never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.
  18. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don’t take no for an answer.
  19. Burn the candles; use the nice sheets; wear the fancy lingerie. Don’t save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
  20. Overprepare, then go with the flow.
  21. Be eccentric now. Don’t wait for old age to wear purple.
  22. The most important sex organ is the brain.
  23. No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
  24. Frame every so-called disaster with these words: “In five years, will this matter?”
  25. Forgive everyone everything.
  26. What other people think of you is none of your business.
  27. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
  28. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
  29. Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
  30. Believe in miracles.
  31. Whatever doesn’t kill you really does make you stronger.
  32. Growing old beats the alternative — dying young.
  33. Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.
  34. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
  35. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else’s, we’d grab ours back.
  36. Don’t audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
  37. Get rid of anything that isn’t useful, beautiful or joyful.
  38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
  39. Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.
  40. The best is yet to come.
  41. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up, and show up.
  42. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
  43. If you don’t ask, you don’t get.
  44. Yield.
  45. Life isn’t tied with a bow, but it’s still a gift.